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  • Speaker denies calling Police into Parliament

    first_imgSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, on Monday evening denied that he called in Members of the Guyana Police Force to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill from the National Assembly.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandDuring a press conference, the Speaker said Edghill was suspended from the day’s proceedings in accordance with Standing Order 47 (2), which states: “The Speaker or the Chairperson shall order any Member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Assembly during the remainder of that day’s sitting, and may direct such steps to be taken as are required to enforce this order. But if, on any occasion, the Speaker or the Chairperson considers that his or her powers under the previous provision of this Standing Order are inadequate, the Speaker or Chairperson may name such Member for disregarding the authority of the Chair under this Standing Order, in which event the procedure prescribed in the next paragraph should be followed.”Scotland said he did not instruct members of the Guyana Police Force to remove the Opposition MP from the Parliament chamber. The Speaker said he is unaware of who took the action in this regard.He noted that the Opposition MP was disallowed from continuing, since the procedures on time were discussed and agreed to during a meeting from which the Opposition absconded.Dr. Scotland reminded that the parliamentary procedures have been in existence for a number of years, and MPs have agreed to, and should abide by, them.The Speaker said Edghill’s refusal to leave the House is a first-time occurrence in the history of the Parliament of Guyana. According to the Speaker, he will continue to act “correctly and fairly,” noting, “If I have to question you, if I have to upbraid you, I will do it.”In response to a question posed by the media, Scotland said that, even in hindsight, he does not see a better way of resolving the issue other than by suspending MP Edghill for the day. He indicated that the rules of the House must be respected and abided by at all times, even if a member is uncomfortable with such an order. During the late Monday night press conference, the Speaker also denied that he had ordered the media out of the Parliament chambers, claiming that he merely questioned the continued presence of media operatives after the sitting was suspended.He also said there is no need for an investigation, since it is simply a matter of respecting the rules of the House. However, he did not address the issue of who had instructed the Police to enter the Parliament chambers.last_img read more

  • COUNCILLOR TELLS PUBLIC TO STOP INSTALLATION OF METERS UNLESS WATER IS GOOD ENOUGH

    first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has said people should stop Irish Water installing meters on their property – unless their water quality is good enough.Cllr Frank McBrearty is advising people not to allow Irish Water to install meters if their water quality is not up to standard.Cllr Frank McBrearty spoke out on the issue with thousands of meters to be installed in Donegal homes in the coming weeks.But the former Mayor of Donegal said he wanted to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with householders to get the best standard of water quality. And the Raphoe-based politician said he was encouraging people to go to court if necessary to get a proper standard of water.Cllr McBrearty told Donegal Daily “What I am advising people to do is not to allow Irish Water onto their property if their water quality is not acceptable.“If that means going to court and explaining that the quality of water is not up to standard then so be it.Cllr Frank McBrearty“On a personal level my water is fine but I know just 500 yards away from me is simply not good enough at all. I would be advising people like that not to allow meters to be installed on their property,” he said. He added that Irish Water is a business and they must operate within acceptable business standards.“My father runs a pub in Raphoe and if he handed out a pint of Guinness or Smithwicks that wasn’t of an acceptable standard, then you would not expect a person to pay.“If the same thing happened a second time, then you would not expect a person to come back into the bar.“There is a standard that Irish Water must meet and they are not meeting that at present.“Until such time as that happens, I am advising people not to allow Irish Water staff onto their property to install water meters,” he said. COUNCILLOR TELLS PUBLIC TO STOP INSTALLATION OF METERS UNLESS WATER IS GOOD ENOUGH was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartydonegalIrish Watermeterslast_img read more